Rob Collard ‘can’t wait’ to race at most successful circuit

Rob Collard ‘can’t wait’ to race at most successful circuit

Rob Collard
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Rob Collard says he ‘can’t wait’ to race at Knockhill in this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship races, with the venue being the scene of more of the BMW driver’s successes than any other circuit.

Collard, who is currently second overall in the drivers’ championship standings, has won five times in Scotland before, with the Hampshire racer having more wins at Knockhill than at any other circuit.

As a result, Collard heads to the seventh meeting of the season in high spirits, especially as he has scored points in every race of the 2017 season and scored nine BTCC podiums at Knockhill in the past.

“I can’t wait to get to Knockhill to continue my push for the championship,” said Collard. “It’s a very special track for me because it’s where I took my first BTCC win in 2005, my first double victory in 2012 and five wins in total, which makes it my strongest circuit.

“It’s a track where the BMW should be strong with lots of traction zones meaning we should be able to run a strong and consistent pace.”

As a result of his championship position, Collard will head into qualifying and race one with ballast on board, but he has already been in the same situation twice before this season, having been second in the standings heading to both Croft and Snetterton.

“Of course, being third in the championship means carrying 57 kg ballast, and this will make qualifying and race one tough, but we’ve proven at other circuits that we’re capable of racing our way to the front regardless of the circumstances.”

Collard will not be hoping for a repeat of his 2016 performances, however, as the 48-year-old only scored points with a fifth-place finish in race two, having been out of the points in race one after a difficult qualifying session before retiring from race three.